Our Psychologists

Our psychologists are all insured and are Chartered Members of the British Psychological Society and are Registered Practitioner Psychologists with the Health and Care Professions Council.  They each have extensive experience undertaking assessment, consultancy, training and therapeutic work across a range of settings and with a wide variety of client groups.

Rachel Roper – Rachel has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology, an Msc in Forensic Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Rachel has 19 years experience of working in forensic psychology and 14 years as a therapist. She worked in various roles in the Scottish Prison Service including Head of Psychology in HMP Edinburgh and Principal Psychologist at Headquarters informing policy and practice across the service. Rachel is well known in Scotland as an experienced risk assessor and is Accredited with the Risk Management Authority in Scotland undertaking intensive risk assessment reports for sentencing purposes for the Courts. She is also a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. Her main specialties are in assessing and treating sexual offenders, assessing violent and intimate partner offenders and undertaking personality assessments. Rachel also has experience of working with young offenders and working with individuals who have learning difficulties. She can undertake cognitive assessments and parenting assessments. On the therapy side, Rachel helps people deal with a variety of problems such as coping with anxiety, depression, OCD, anger, self-esteem issues, relationship problems, addictions, relationships and healthy sexual functioning. Rachel is trained in schema therapy and works in a schema informed way. She also offers professional supervision to candidates on the BPS diploma route for chartership and is the BPS Lead Assessor for 'Training other professionals in psychological skills and knowledge'.

Sarah Gallacher – Sarah has 18 years of experience working as a psychologist and therapist with adults, adolescents and families. She has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology, as well as an Msc in Forensic Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  After training as a Forensic Psychologist Sarah worked in HMYOI Polmont before moving on to working across a number of secure units and residential schools.  She has extensive experience of working with adolescents experiencing a range of social, emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties alongside working with their families and others involved in their care.  In addition to this she has also worked in private hospitals and in the community with adults and adolescents experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. Sarah can assess and treat a range of social, emotional, psychological, behavioural and mental health difficulties. She draws on a range of approaches such as behavioural therapy, parent management training, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness . She has also undertaken additional training and has experience of using a range of approaches to treating difficulties resulting from traumatic experiences.  These include Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM).

Dr. Adam Mahoney – Adam is an experienced psychologist and therapist.  After completing an MA (Hons) in Psychology he trained as a social worker and then completed an MSc in Forensic Psychology, a postgraduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a PhD.  He has 20 years of experience working with individuals experiencing a range of mental health and associated difficulties.  He has worked as a Psychology Manager within the Scottish Prison Service as well as across a range of other services and has developed expertise in relation to gender and trauma oriented therapeutic approaches. Adam is a lecturer and researcher in forensic and applied psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University where he is active in developing the evidence base for trauma informed therapeutic practices and interventions. Adam has undertaken additional training and has experience of using various evidence based treatment approaches including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy. He also completes forensic and other specialist psychological assessment work across various legal settings including for the Parole Board.